American Legion Membership Eligibility Requirements
For membership in The American Legion, you must be currently serving or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military and served at least one day on active duty during one of the following periods: (Eligibility periods are established by the U.S. Congress)
- 12/7/41 – 12/31/46 – World War II
- 6/25/50 – 1/31/55 – Korean War
- 2/28/61 – 5/7/75 – Vietnam War
- 8/24/82 – 7/31/84 – Lebanon
- 12/20/89 – 1/31/90 Grenada & Panama
- 8/2/90 to the Present (Termination of this eligibility period to be determined by the U.S. Congress)
- Other Conflicts: 12/7/41 until an end date to be determined by the U.S. Congress. Served at least one day of active military duty since Dec. 7, 1941, honorably discharged or are still serving honorably. Other Conflicts covers all honorable active duty military service during any period not defined above. This is a new eligibility period signed into law under The Legion Act of 2019.
Also eligible for membership if: 1.Your basic training time was on federal activation orders and during one of the above periods. 2. Your activations were for training or for missions; check the title and subsection of your activation orders. 3. For Legion membership, the term “active duty” as used in our national constitution includes “active duty for training.” 4. Legion guidelines further defines National Guardsmen and reservists as eligible under services to federal activation orders Title 10, Subsection 672 or Subsection 12301, created following Desert Storm to replace Subsection 672. The activation order is the authority line. Non-eligible activation orders are Title 32 for the National Guard and Title 10 Subsection 270 for the reserves. For additional questions about eligibility and membership, click on the FAQ tab.
Please note: You will need to provide a copy of your military discharge papers (DD214 or equivalent). If you cannot locate your copy, you will need to contact the National Archives & Records Administration for a replacement copy. Or access vetrecs.archives.gov to order copies of military records electronically.
All non-electronic requests must use Standard Form 180 or request the information in a letter. Standard Form 180 is available as a PDF file on the NARA website. The NARA site provides complete information on information required to process your request
To receive information about becoming a member of or about the programs of any of the American Legion Oro Valley Post 132 family of organizations (Legion, Auxiliary, SAL and Rider)s, please complete the form found by clicking the membership information request button at the bottom of this page.